CHRIS CARR -- 2001 AMA PROGRESSIVE INSURANCE U.S. FLAT TRACK CHAMPION PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- With his victory in the Dirt Track Hall of Fame race Saturday, Sept. 1, in Springfield, Ill., Chris Carr clinched the 2001 AMA Progressive...
CHRIS CARR -- 2001 AMA PROGRESSIVE INSURANCE U.S. FLAT TRACK CHAMPION
PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- With his victory in the Dirt Track Hall of Fame race Saturday, Sept. 1, in Springfield, Ill., Chris Carr clinched the 2001 AMA Progressive Insurance U.S. Flat Track Championship. The title is the third AMA Grand National Championship for Carr, a 16-year veteran of the series. He previously won the championships in 1992 and 1999. Carr, while pleased to win the title, wishes it could have happened differently.
"My championship this year is bittersweet," said Carr from his home in Fleetwood, Pa. "I expected the championship to go to the wire, but the tragic passing of Will Davis and the injuries to Joe Kopp at Sedalia, Mo., really put a damper on the whole season. It's nice for the Harley-Davidson of Sacramento team to win the title, but I would have preferred to win it under better circumstances. I would have loved to see Will, Joe and I battling it out to the last race."
For Carr, the 2001 championship is the latest in a string of impressive racing accomplishments. The California native was AMA Dirt Track Rookie of the Year in 1985. In his first year in the championships he finished the season ranked seventh and earned an impressive 13 top-10 finishes. It was in 1986 that Carr won his first AMA national. Appropriately it was at the Peoria TT. It was to be the first of a record 13 wins at Peoria. He would become known as the Prince of Peoria. Carr leads the all-time AMA winners in the Tourist Trophy Steeplechase category.
Carr continued his quick rise in the series and after three-straight years of finishing runner-up to Scott Parker, Carr finally broke through to win the coveted AMA No. 1 plate in 1992.
Carr took a hiatus from his dirt-track racing career in 1996 and 1997 to pilot the factory Harley-Davidson VR1000 Superbike. Carr was one of the most successful riders ever to throw a leg over the VR. He gave the bike its only AMA Superbike pole at Pomona, Calif., in 1996 and he tallied an impressive nine top-10 AMA Superbike finishes in his two full seasons on the Superbike.
Carr split his time between road racing and dirt-track racing in 1998. Despite running in the two series Carr was still in contention for the AMA Grand National title all season and finished the season as runner-up, again to his arch rival Parker.
In 1999 Carr returned to full-time dirt-track racing and with five wins and a total of 14 total podium finishes, Carr won his second AMA Grand National title.
Last year Carr finished third in the AMA Progressive Insurance Championships.
Even though he already has the 2001 title in hand, Carr still plans on racing in the final two rounds of this year's series in Vernon, N.Y. on Sept. 8 and the season final in Du Quoin, Ill. On Sept. 29.
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